Thursday, July 23, 2009

7th Casa Thomas Jefferson TEFL - Driving Development

Day 204 - Connected

This year our school seminar has meant interconnectedness for me. I've connected to some people I follow in Twitter and some of my followers in Twitter were really kind to contact me. What a blast as it shows exactly what Erika and I were trying to present, Digital Magic in Professional Development. We could exemplify exactly what we've been preaching for a while about professional development as a lifelong, sustainable, collective, networked endeavor, not institutionally-bond. It's all about connecting to people, the ones you share and get so much from, the ones who email you, the ones who interact with you from a distance.

I couldn't be happier to see one some my bosses and colleagues presenting about exciting digital resources. I couldn't be more encouraged to keep moving forward in the tireless job of trying to inspire others. If when Erika and I presented some years ago we've had sessions with 2/3 participants, now we have our rooms full of excited with sparkling eyes educators who want change, challenge, who want to understand how and where to get started in cyberworld.

I couldn't feel more comforted every time I see the dedication of the group of Ed Tech dreamers, inspiring team I am lucky enough to work with. We've been doing our best to inspire our colleagues. The CTJ Electronic Village, a format of rotating sessions inspired by TESOL's Electronic Village, proved that the power of our collaboration and organization is translated into a successful tech-endeavor.

I couldn't feel more self-assured that with small steps - without giving up - can take us and others far...

Some of the wonderful presentations of our 7th CTJ TEFL can be found on our School Website.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Kind of Needed Digital Literacy

Much has been discussed about the kind of literacies educators and students need to master nowadays and for the future. Shelly Blake-Plock in her post "Talking 21st Century Skills Blues" pins it and goes to the central aspects we need to be aware of to survive in this digital world.